After offseason arthroscopic surgeries to remove bone spurs, second baseman Dustin Ackley and shortstop Brendan Ryan will be held out of the first three spring training games.
“We’re just going to give them a little more time,” manager Eric Wedge said. “They’re practicing well and doing a nice job, but I think it’s important just to give them a little more time.”
Ackley had bone spurs removed from his ankle and Ryan had loose bodies extracted from his throwing elbow.
Though those two are out, the Mariners expect to trot out the majority of the staff over the three games against the Padres that start on Friday.
Hector Noesi will start Friday’s opener against the Padres, where the Mariners plan for pitchers to throw one inning apiece. On the tentative schedule behind Noesi are Oliver Perez, D.J. Mitchell, Andrew Carraway, Chance Ruffin, Logan Bawcom, Anthony Fernandez, Brian Moran and Danny Farquhar.
Saturday’s tentative set up is Blake Beavan, Kameron Loe, Taijuan Walker, Danny Hultzen, Bobby LaFromboise, Carson Smith, Jonathan Arias and Jhonny Nunez.
Sunday starts with Erasmo Ramirez, followed by James Paxton, Tom Wilhelmsen, Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor, Carter Capps, Josh Kinney, Lucas Luetge and Yoervis Medina.
All three games against the Padres will be broadcast live on 710 ESPN Seattle starting at 12:05 p.m. PT, with Rick Rizzs and newbie Aaron Goldsmith on the call.